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Lucca & The Lucchese Hills

Lucca 4 nights Prices on request

A perfect example of a beautifully preserved Tuscan town, Lucca has artistic treasures of the first order. A popular destination for day visitors, it rewards those who stay a little longer with secrets which are slowly revealed. A four night stay provides the perfect amount of time to enjoy its charms such as the gourmet shops which line Il Fillungo in the heart of the city, as well as an opportunity to explore the beautiful hills which surround the city itself. An easy way to absorb the Lucchese spirit is to take a walk along the four kilometres of impeccably maintained pathways which have been created on top of the ramparts.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Four nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • All entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer


  • Day 1 - Fly to Pisa

    We fly to Pisa and transfer just 30 minutes to Lucca where we stay in the lovely 4 star San Luca Palace, located centrally but quietly in a mediaeval square within the city walls.
  • Day 2 - Giacomo Puccini

    TToday we will begin our exploration of Lucca with visits to its cathedral, San Martino, with important sculptures and San Michele in Foro with its close associations with the Puccini family. Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca in 1858 and later today we’ll visit his birthplace, now a museum dedicated to the composer’s life and music.
  • Day 3 - San Frediano

    The morning is spent visiting the Romanesque church of San Frediano and the Villa Guinigi which houses an important collection of local and regional art works. The afternoon is free for independent exploration – perhaps a wander through the cobbled streets, around the Renaissance city walls, or a relaxing afternoon enjoying one of the charming alfresco bars and cafés.
  • Day 4 - Lucchese Hills

    This morning we drive to Pistoia, a lovely small town whose fortunes were eclipsed by its more powerful and wealthier neighbours, Lucca and Florence. We will explore the compact historic centre and visit the cathedral of San Zeno Duomo, the Baptistery with its typical Tuscan Gothic green and white striped marble. There will be time to enjoy a coffee in the historic Café Valiani – Puccini often stopped by for a macchiato. Returning back to Lucca we will visit the smallest public theatre in the world – the Teatro Vetriano, located just outside the city in the Lucchese Hills. Built in 1890 and donated to the community by an enlightened farmer, the theatre was saved from ruin by FAI – the Italian equivalent of our own National Trust.
  • Day 5 - Campo dei Miracoli & return flight

    En route to the airport we will visit Pisa to see the Romanesque Campo dei Miracoli, dominated by the famous Leaning Tower.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways
Depart Heathrow 08.15 arrive Pisa 11.30 
Depart Pisa 18.30 arrive Heathrow 20.00 

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San Luca Palace
Lucca, Italy, Europe

A wonderfully welcoming 4 star hotel, located in a mediaeval square dating from 1540, at one end of via San Paolino. This is a great base from which to explore Lucca – the Duomo di San Martino, Piazza dell’Antifeatro, Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Michele, the Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi and the train station are all within easy walking distance.

Caroline Howard

Caroline Howard

Tour leader

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Lucca & the Lucchese Hills

By Mr & Mrs W, Surrey, 04 February 2019

We had a wonderful trip. The guide was brilliant and we all got on well together. We saw Lucca bathed in sunshine, which was a real bonus! Thank you very much. 

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